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Culture, Castles and Ceilidhs - Adult residential programme 25+

Intermediate (B1) to Advanced (C1)
Course Length
2 weeks
Start Date
June or September
Minimum Age
Course Book Included in Price
No course book required, materials provided
Class Size
Groups on demand
The Burn House


Prices start at £1289

Our new adult residential programme at The Burn - a secluded Scottish Country Estate - is an experience like no other. From the sweeping driveway to the first glimpses of the mansion house appearing before you – you know you are about to experience something truly special.

The grand hall that greets you as you enter is reminiscent of a by-gone era; the sweeping staircase, the long elegant hallways, lounges, library and dining rooms add to the feeling of a grand home steeped in history and preserved for you to enjoy. The bedrooms with views overlooking the estate, as well as the art deco bathrooms, transport you back in time and offer a home from home to begin your Scottish cultural adventure.

The Burn offers an escape from the unending demands of the modern world, which is why we at International House Aberdeen have chosen this ideal location for you to immerse yourself in language and culture.

The Estate

The Burn is situated at the foot of one of Scotland’s most scenic glens and the River North Esk forms the western boundary. The small Scottish estate contains an attractive Georgian mansion house that was originally built for General Lord Adam Gordon in the 1790s. Surrounding the house are spectacular grounds consisting of ancient woodland, parkland, gardens and stunning riverside walks.

Each course is bespoke and can be designed to your group’s specific interests. Please see below for a sample schedule which will give you a flavour of how your week could be shaped.

Each day will include an English language lesson incorporating a variety of Scottish themes: history, culture, local dialects, art, music, food and drink. Our goal is to provide you with the communication skills which will truly enhance your stay in an immersive English environment as well as equip you with the tools to communicate effectively in your everyday life.

Your full board accommodation will include breakfast, morning coffee, a light lunch, afternoon tea and a 2 course dinner. There is also a bar on site.

Sample timetable

Sunday – Arrival & induction
Monday – Team building/History talk & whisky tasting
Tuesday – House of Dunn/Quiz night
Wednesday – Hiking trail/Scottish movie night
Thursday – Distillery visit/Billiards
Friday – Scottish landscape art class/Free evening
Saturday – Dunnottar Castle & Stonehaven
Sunday – Departures & farewell

Complimentary activities…

  • Billiards
  • Pool table
  • Darts
  • Use of the library
  • Use of musical instruments
  • Croquet
  • Miniature golf
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Table tennis
  • Tandem bicycles
  • Walks of differing lengths/ intensity

Optional extras…

  • Golf on a world renowned course
  • Salmon fishing in the North Esk river
  • Your own Ceilidh held in The Burn’s grand entrance
  • Archery tuition on site
  • Yoga & mediation in tranquil surroundings
  • Edzell castle & gardens
  • Magical Glamis Castle
  • A night of traditional Scottish music
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